1715 The Riot Act took effect in England.
1838 Slavery was abolished in Jamaica.
1958 Helga E. Stürmer Roessler and John O. Wilson were married.
1934 First prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Island.
1831 Blue sun observed throughout U.S. South.
1959 First satellite photo of Earth from space.
778 Roland was killed by the Basques at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in the Pyrenees.
2012 Harry Harrison died.
1328 The House of Gonzaga seized power of the Duchy of Mantua.
1959 Kind of Blues by Miles Davis was released.
1839 Daguerreotype process divulged.
1882 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow.
1821 Jarvis Island, South Pacific, discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
565 Columba, an Irish abbot, reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
1839 United Kingdom captured Hong Kong.
1662 The Act of Uniformity required England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1789 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
1791 John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
1821 The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina was officially opened.
1883 The island volcano Krakatoa began erupting with increasingly large explosions.
1912 Tarzan of the Apes was published.
1932 First public autogiro loop-
1859 The Carrington event (a geomagnetic solar storm) disrupted telegraph services and caused aurora brightly and clearly seen over the Earth’s middle latitudes.
1607 Strange noises heard in the London sky.